As lawn care professionals we are confronted with a host of challenges each spring. This year's highlights are presented below for your review and education. 



Hairy Bittercress

Hairy bittercress weed (Cardamine hirsuta) is an annual spring or winter pest. The plant springs from a basal rosette and bears 3-9 inch long stems. Tiny white flowers develop at the ends of the stems and then turn into long seedpods. These pods split open explosively when ripe and fling seeds out into the environment.

The weed prefers cool, moist soil and is most prolific after early spring rains. The weeds spread quickly but their appearance reduces as temperatures increase. The plant has a long, deep taproot, which makes pulling them out manually ineffective.

This pesky weed is small enough to hide among your landscape plants. Its extensive seed expulsion means that just one or two weeds can spread quickly through the garden in the spring.

Mowing will achieve control over time. Do it frequently enough that you remove the flower heads before they become seed pods. 

As temperatures get warmer, the plant will die naturally without having reproduced. That means fewer weeds the following season.       





What's with all these Dandelions?






Moss can be controlled with iron sulfate, but if these adverse conditions remain unchanged, it will quickly return. Shade caused by tree canopies reduces the amount of light your lawn receives. If the tree cover is not too dense "up branching" the removal of selected lower branches may allow enough sunlight to support healthy turf. Compacted soils can be loosened through aeration. Poor drainage can be improved by re-grading or with soil amendments.


To eliminate moss from lawn areas it must be removed, even after it has been killed. A lawn renovator will rake up the moss while working in seed to help improve the turf quality.


Sometimes the best option is to remove the turf from the shady area and planting more shade tolerant ground covers such as Pachysandra, Vinca or English ivy.


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